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September 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Decibel Festival on the cutting edge | Concert review

Decibel isn’t your typical electronic music festival. Though it sporadically books EDM artists, its main focus isn’t bass drops, but rather electronic music’s cutting edge.

Fittingly, attendees of the 11-year-old electronic-music festival were treated Wednesday night to a mix of club-ready house, pitch-black techno, futuristic R&B and abstruse, forward-thinking hip-hop.


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September 19, 2014 at 5:13 AM

Decibel Festival moves to EMP | Festival preview


Since it began in 2004, the Decibel Festival has brought to Seattle an international collection of producers and DJs — from electropop and drone to experimental hip-hop and minimal techno — who represent the cutting edge of electronic music, a genre that has grown from a fringe interest to a multibillion-dollar industry.


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September 20, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Decibel Festival bigger but true to it roots


(Dave Matthews)

(Dave Matthews)

“I was essentially creating a music festival for myself,” explains Decibel Festival mastermind Sean Horton jokingly. “I didn’t like the fact that all this quality music was being produced and distributed all over the world, and there was no place for me to go experience it in a live context.”

Seattle’s annual citywide electronic-music event will celebrate its 10th anniversary next week as it packs 11 local venues with more than 130 artists and DJs from all over the world over the course of five days.

Headliners include recent breakouts and emerging talents — Russian-German electro-house producer Zedd, Chicago “EDM-trap” pioneers Flosstradamus, 16-year-old New Zealand electropop singer/songwriter sensation Lorde, deep house musician Nicolas Jaar (whom Horton says they have been trying to book for “close to five years now”).


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